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Palm Cove

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Palm Cove

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Palm Cove is a tourist oriented, beach town - just north of Cairns.


Palm Cove is newly developed cluster of hotels, modern apartments and restaurants, on the beach about 30 minutes drive north of Cairns, set on a sandy beach. It could almost be seen as the northern limit of suburban Cairns. It avoids the crowds and smoe of the over development that is Port Douglas, its northern neighbour.

It is immediately adjacent to the residential suburb of Clifton Beach.

Get in[edit]

From Cairns it is a half hour taxi ride to Palm Cove. The Cairns local bus service runs to the town surprisingly frequently.

Get around[edit]

Palm Cove is easy to walk around. There is a walking/cycle track to Clifton Beach will will take around half an hour. Ignore the nice "rainforest walk" map distributed around town, which is a 20 metre walk designed to take you to the newer apartment developments, head the opposite direction, south, along the beach for much better bush, beach, and walking opportunities.

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  • Jet Ski Hire
  • Swim - there are stinger nets in season. Beach is patrolled. Many of the hotels have pools.
  • The Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail - one of famous activities fitting for visitors for all ages looking for fun.

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Supermarkets in Palm Cove are small and expensive. Souvenir shops abound. Neighbouring Clifton Beach offers non-tourist oriented shops and prices.

  • Hideaway Cove Beachfront Cafe, Williams Esplanade Palm Cove (Northern (next to Scoops) end of Esp). Available in-store a broad range of gluten free and organic products. Ranging from Organic coconut oil to Paleo snack bars.  edit

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Palm Cove lines the beach, with wide choice of dining. Go for a wander and take your pick, even in high season you are unlikely to miss out on a table. If you are on a budget, there are a few take-away and cheaper choices as well.

  • Hideaway Cove Beachfront Cafe, Williams Esplanade (Next to Scoops Northern end of Esp), (07) 4059 2234, [1]. 7.00am. Hideaway Cove is located in Palm Cove, just 20mins North of Cairns, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beautiful undercover outdoor deck overlooking the Coral Sea. Gluten Free/Paleo/Vegetarian and Vegan friendly. Monday CLOSED Tuesday to Sunday 7am-5pm  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is a pub in the centre of town, or numerous hotels and bars to choose from.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a choice of high-end accommodation in Palm Cove, but there are some value family apartments available as well. There is competition here, expect good value. Expect some great deals out of season.

  • Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove, 5 Triton Street, +61 7 4059 9600, [2].  edit
  • The Sebel Reef House & Spa Palm Cove, 99 Williams Esplanade, +61 7 4055 3633, [3].  edit


The town is modern, and tourist oriented. Internet terminals are not hard to come by. Mobile service and 3G data are available from all networks.

Get out[edit]

Cairns and Port Douglas are obvious and easily attainable day trip destinations.

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